Absolute Beginner's Guide to Windows XP (2nd Revised edition)

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Windows XP (2nd Revised edition)

By: Larry Sabato (author), John B. Kramer (author), Shelley O'Hara (author)Paperback

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Upgrade to a digital lifestyle! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Windows XP, Second Edition is not just about using Windows, but also about how to live in a digital world where you can share pictures over the Internet, download music from websites, communicate with long-distance family and friends on the computer, and more. Step-by-step instructions will show you how to accomplish key tasks and take precautions to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Some of the tasks covered include: * Starting programs * Understanding file management basics * Getting wired for communication * Working with photographs * Playing music and videos * Improving your computer's performance * Upgrading Windows Updated to include information on Service Pack 2, Absolute Beginner's guide to Windows XP, Second Edition will show you how to work with Windows XP to make your life easier!

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Windows XP, Second EditionAbout the Author Shelley O'Hara is the author of more than 100 books, mostly dealing with computers. She has written some of the all-time best-selling computer books, including Easy Windows XP Home Edition and Easy Windows 98. She also conducts computer training and teaches writing classes. In addition to tech writing, O'Hara has also published a romantic comedy called The Marriage Trifecta. (c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.


Introduction. Some Key Terms Some Things to Keep in Mind The Basic Structure of This Book Conventions Used in This Book I. THE BASICS. 1. Getting Started with Windows XP. Checking Out the Desktop Displaying the Start Menu Working with Desktop Icons Viewing the Taskbar Viewing the System Tray Working with Windows Opening and Closing Windows Changing the Size of Windows Arranging the Windows Starting a Program Starting a Recent Program Listing All Programs Starting a Program from a Shortcut Icon Switching Between Programs Working in a Program Selecting Commands Using the Toolbar Exiting a Program 2. Saving and Printing Your Work. Saving a Document Switching Folders Creating a New Folder Tips for Saving a Document Saving Backup Copies Saving in a Different File Format Closing a Document Opening a Document Creating a New Document Printing a Document Viewing and Canceling Print Jobs Printing Tips 3. Managing Files. Opening My Computer Opening Drives and Folders Navigating Folders Using the Folders Bar Using the Task Pane Creating a New Folder Displaying and Selecting Files Deleting and Undeleting Files and Folders Deleting a File or Folder Undeleting a File Emptying the Recycle Bin Renaming a File or Folder Reorganizing Folders and Files Copying Folders and Files Copying with the Copy Command Copying Files to a Floppy Disk Copying Files to a CD 4. Troubleshooting Common Problems. Closing Stuck Programs Is the Program Busy? Closing a Program from the Taskbar Closing a Program from the Task Manager Restarting and Shutting Down the Computer Restarting with a Command Restarting by Turning Off the Computer Shutting Down the Computer Getting Help Browsing Help Topics Searching for Help Using the Help Window Toolbar Handling Printer Problems Dealing with Viruses and Other Security Problems II. COMMUNICATIONS. 5. Getting Wired for Communication. Understanding the Internet Getting the Right Equipment Describing Modems Finding an Internet Service Provider Selecting a Connection Type Selecting Browser and Email Programs Getting Connected Stepping Through the New Connection Wizard Starting Your Connection Exiting and Disconnecting 6. Setting Up Wireless Connections. Understanding How Wireless Networking Works What You Need To Set Up a Wireless Network Wireless Network Cards Wireless Access Point Router Setting Up a Wireless Network How To Ensure Wireless Network Security 7. Sending and Receiving Email. Setting Up Your Email Account Setting Up an Outlook Express Account Setting Up a Web Mail Account Checking Your Email Sending Messages Responding to Email Creating New Mail Sending New Messages Sending and Handling Attachments Attaching a File to a Message Opening a File Attachment Saving a File Attachment Checking a File Attachment Handling Messages Deleting and Undeleting Messages Printing Messages Organizing Messages Finding Messages Handling Junk Mail Blocking Senders Using an Antispam Program Exiting and Disconnecting 8. Browsing the Internet. Getting Started with Internet Explorer Understanding the Internet Explorer Window Using the Toolbar Viewing the Page Content Using Links to Navigate Typing a Web Address Using Shortcuts for Web Browsing Setting Up a Favorites List Using the History List Working with Web Pages Emailing Web Pages Printing Web Pages Working with Text and Images Downloading Files Ensuring Internet Security and Privacy Turning On Windows XP Firewall Systems Setting Privacy Options Dealing with Spyware Exiting and Logging Off the Internet 9. Searching the Internet. Searching with Internet Explorer Getting the Most from the Search Results Fine-Tuning the Search Using Other Search Sites Refining Your Search Searching for Images or News Browsing Through Directories or Channels Using Other Search Site Tools 10. Sending and Receiving Faxes. Setting Up the Fax Console Sending a Fax Sending a Fax with the Send Fax Wizard Faxing from a Program Receiving and Handling Faxes Opening Faxes Handling Faxes III. ENTERTAINMENT. 11. Playing Music. Playing Audio CDs with Windows Media Player Playing a CD Working with Windows Media Player Controls Changing the Appearance of the Window Changing the Visualization Playing Music and Videos from the Internet Finding Music Online Viewing Videos Tuning the Radio Using Other Media Players Creating Your Own Music CDs Copying Music Files Creating a Playlist Burning a CD Playing and Recording Sounds with Sound Recorder Playing Sounds Recording Sounds 12. Working with Photographs and Movies. Using a Digital Camera Setting Up Your Digital Camera Transferring Pictures Working with Picture Files Managing Picture Files Editing Pictures Inserting a Picture into a Document Printing Pictures Printing Pictures on a Printer Ordering Photo Prints from the Internet Emailing Pictures Using a Scanner Setting Up a Scanner Scanning an Image Creating Digital Movies IV. YOUR OWN PERSONAL WINDOWS. 13. Customizing Windows XP. Customizing the Taskbar Customizing the Desktop Using a Desktop Theme Using a Background Image Customizing Desktop Icons Using a Screen Saver Changing the Color Scheme Setting Resolution and Color Settings Customizing the Mouse Customizing Sounds 14. Setting Up Programs. Creating a Shortcut to a Program Customizing the Start Menu Pinning a Program to the Start Menu Unpinning a Program to the Start Menu Rearranging Programs on the Start Menu Changing the Appearance of the Start Menu Installing Programs Using the Automatic Install Using the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel Icon Completing the Installation Configuring the Program Lineup Uninstalling Applications Removing Programs Removing Programs Manually More Tips on Starting Programs Starting Programs When You Start Windows Tips for Switching Among Programs Using the Run Command 15. Customizing Email and Internet Explorer. Setting Mail Options Working with the Address Book Adding Addresses Setting Up Contact Groups Using the Address Book as a Contact List Customizing Internet Explorer Setting Your Home Page Organizing Your Favorites List V. EVERYDAY PC MAINTENANCE. 16. Viewing and Finding Files. Viewing and Sorting Files Changing the View Sorting Files Grouping Files Choosing File Details Setting Up Folder Options Searching for Documents 17. Securing Your PC. Backing Up Your Work Selecting Backup Programs and Equipment Tips for Backing Up Checking a Disk for Errors Using System Restore Understanding Restore Points Setting a System Restore Point Restoring Your System Checking Your Computer for Viruses Checking System Security with Windows Security Center Using a Virus Protection Program Handling an Infected File Scheduling Maintenance Tasks Adding a New Task Modifying Scheduled Tasks 18. Improving Your Computer's Performance. Displaying Disk Information Cleaning Up Your Disk Saving Space by Compressing Files Compressing Files Uncompressing Files Increasing Performance by Defragmenting Your Disk Understanding The Basics of Disk Storage Running Disk Defragmenter Cleaning Up the Desktop 19. Upgrading Your Computer. Adding a Printer Automatic Setup Manual Setup Using Windows's Drivers Manual Setup Using the Printer's Drivers Customizing Your Printer Printing Preferences and Properties Changing Printing Preferences Changing Printing Properties Installing New Fonts Where Do Fonts Come From? Viewing Your Installed Fonts Installing New Fonts Setting Up New Hardware Setting Up New Hardware Automatically Using the Manufacturer's Install Program Installing New Hardware Manually Troubleshooting Hardware Problems 20. Upgrading Windows. Checking Your Windows Version Installing Windows Updates Running Automatic Updates Checking for Updates Setting Automatic Update Options Installing or Removing Windows Components VI. WINDOWS XP FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS. 21. Using Windows Accessory Programs. Checking Out the Accessories Using WordPad Taking a Look at the Program Window Typing and Editing Text Using Paint Using Calculator Playing Games 22. Setting Up Windows XP for Multiple Users. Setting Up a New Account Logging In and Out Logging Off Switching Users Logging On Modifying an Account Changing the Account Name Adding a Password Assigning a Picture Changing the Account Type Deleting an Account 23. Using Accessibility Options. Using the Accessibility Accessory Programs Using Magnifier Using Narrator Using On-Screen Keyboard Using Accessibility Control Panel Options Using the Accessibility Wizard Modifying Accessibility Options 24. Setting Up Windows XP on a Home Network. Home Networking Basics Planning Your Network Installing and Configuring Network Hardware Running the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard Sharing Resources on a Network Enabling File Sharing Browsing Shared Files Sharing Printers Sharing Internet Connections Controlling Network Security Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/06/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780789734327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780789734327
  • weight: 513
  • ISBN10: 078973432X
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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